From the Wire … Chris Bosio to be Named Cubs Pitching Coach

According to a report from Appleton Post-Crescent, Chris Bosio will soon be named the Cubs new pitching coach. Bosio confirmed early reports that he would be joining Dale Sveum’s staff to the Post-Crescent. Bosio is excited about the opportunity.

“I just can’t tell you how excited I am, number one, to be working with Dale. When he offered me the job as pitching coach of the Chicago Cubs, to hear him say that, knowing the confidence he has in me, that’s a great feeling. We’re going to be prepared, are going to have intensity and a lot of enthusiasm.”

Chris Bosio and Dale Sveum have a long history. They first met in 1979 playing high school football against each other in California then they were both drafted by the Brewers. Sveum and Bosio were teammates in Milwaukee from 1986-1991 and both served as coaches on the Brewers’ staff in 2009.

Chris Bosio will join Jamie Quirk (bench coach) and Rudy Jaramillo (hitting coach) on Sveum’s staff. Sveum is expected to retain Pat Listach (base coach) and Lester Strode (bullpen coach).

Craig Counsell could still be in the mix to be part of Sveum’s staff as well.

An official announcement on Sveum’s coaching staff was expected this week. Theo Epstein indicated on Thursday that the official announcement could be made next week in Dallas during the Winter Meetings … or soon after.

Chris Bosio addressed several subjects with the Appleton Post-Crescent.

“All of those long-suffering Cubs fans, their will to win, their want to win, their passion to win, it’s going to be a lot of good energy.”

On Carlos Zambrano

“There’s a reason he has a 125-81 career record. He’s overpowering at times and he’s a competitor first and foremost. Those are great qualities to have when you’re looking for a front-line starting pitcher. But he lets his emotions get the best of him. That’s what makes him tick, but he has to get those under control a little more. Like a lot of guys with high emotions, he can be his own worst enemy. At times he’s strung too tight.”

Bosio said he had not met either Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer prior to his interview but came away more than impressed with his new bosses.

“I was sold in the interview process on Theo and Jed and, obviously, Dale. Just everything they said, the direction they want to go and their motivation to win and bring a world’s championship to Chicago. They’re intelligent baseball guys. I’m excited to be a part of this process and a great organization that’s known around the world.”

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